When a young girl looks at the faces of some of her peers, she notices that their big eyes—“like sapphire lagoons”—don’t resemble her own. She loves the contours of her own eyes “that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea,” and she’s proud that her mother, grandmother, and younger sister have beautiful eyes shaped like hers. In her imagination, the girl pictures the stories captured in her grandmother’s eyes, feels the love in her mother’s eyes conveying that she’s a miracle, and enjoys the admiration for her evident in her younger sister’s eyes.
This empowering, charming children’s picture book, replete with vivid, spirited artwork, reveals the truth proclaimed in Psalm 139 that people “are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Readers will notice that goddess worship is part of the young girl’s family culture. Still, Christian parents and caregivers who read Eyes that Kiss in the Corners with children are presented with a marvelous opportunity to affirm and celebrate the infinite inventiveness of God our creator and the blessed diversity found in God’s human family. (HarperCollins)